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Dec 1, 2014 11:14 PM

Lessons learned from Thanksgiving Nor'Easter


CONCORD - With the lights back on in the majority of New Hampshire homes Monday night, officials reflected on the massive effort to restore power.

"It was basically a three-day restoration of over 300,000 customers," said PSNH President William Quinlan. "We brought in the resources we needed to deliver the response that you saw."

Quinlan said the army of 200 line workers grew to more than a thousand. It was all done in an effort to take on the power outages created by last week's blast of winter.

Monday during a sit-down interview at NH1, Governor Maggie Hassan applauded the efforts.

"Certainly the crews were prepared," said Hassan. "We had crews not only from New Hampshire working throughout the holiday and the weekend, but crews from throughout the region and we're very, very grateful to our local crews as well as our regional friends who came from far away to help us out."

Still Hassan said there is a lesson to be learned.

"We know that we spent a lot of resources on responding to these major events," said Hassan. "It would be better if we could prevent these kind of outages in the first place. We made some progress in that regard after the big ice storm in '08. We have better laws and better programs for clearing vegetation around lines, but we know that there's more we can do to prevent this."

As for what those measures might include, Hassan said there will be an assessment of how things were dealt with during the winter storm and later with a report to follow.


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